A major earthquake in Japan threatens to exacerbate the ongoing global microchip shortage as the total number of vehicles removed from production plans this year surpassed 1 million.
The chip shortage continues to hammer away at global vehicle production as automakers await additional semiconductor manufacturing capacity to come online.
The number of vehicles cut from automakers’ production plans this year because of the chip shortage surged 42 percent from a previous estimate, according to AutoForecast Solutions.
Another 75,300 vehicles were eliminated from schedules because of the semiconductor shortage, mostly at North American factories.
Automakers are still shaving back production plans due to semiconductor shortages, but the worst-case scenario for North America just got a tiny bit better.
North American factories took another 26,000 vehicles out of their production schedules last week, significantly more than companies were cutting at the beginning of the month.